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RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for resizecons (redhat section 8)

RESIZECONS(8)				 Console Support			    RESIZECONS(8)

       resizecons - change kernel idea of the console size

       resizecons COLSxROWS
       resizecons -lines ROWS

       The  resizecons	command  tries to change the videomode of the console.	There are several
       aspects to this: (a) the kernel must know about it, (b) the hardware must know  about  it,
       (c) user programs must know about it, (d) the console font may have to be adapted.

       (a) The kernel is told about the change using the ioctl VT_RESIZE.  This causes the kernel
       to reallocate console screen memory for all virtual consoles, and might fail if	there  is
       not  enough  memory.   (In that case, try to disallocate some virtual consoles first.)  If
       this ioctl succeeds, but a later step fails (e.g., because you do not  have  root  permis-
       sions), you may be left with a very messy screen.

       The  most difficult part of this is (b), since it requires detailed knowledge of the video
       card hardware, and the setting of numerous registers. Only changing the number of rows  is
       slightly  easier, and resizecons will try to do that itself, when given the -lines option.
       (Probably, root permission will be required.)  The command resizecons COLSxROWS will  exe-
       cute  restoretextmode  -r  COLSxROWS (and hence requires that you have svgalib installed).
       Here COLSxROWS is a file that was created earlier by restoretextmode -w COLSxROWS.  Again,
       either root permissions are required, or restoretextmode has to be suid root.

       In  order  to  deal with (c), resizecons does a `stty rows ROWS cols COLS' for each active
       console (in the range tty0..tty15), and sends a SIGWINCH signal to selection if	it  finds
       the file /tmp/selection.pid.

       Finally,  (d) is dealt with by executing a setfont command. Most likely, the wrong font is
       loaded, and you may want to do another setfont yourself afterwards.

       resizecons does not work on all hardware.  This command used to be called resize, but  was
       renamed to avoid conflict with another command with the same name.

       setfont(8), stty(1), selection(1), restoretextmode(8), disalloc(8)

Local					   17 Jan 1995				    RESIZECONS(8)

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